Posted: 7th July 2016

M Wilson

June 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we move into the last half term of the academic year, I look back over the year with a great deal of pride in our students. They have worked incredibly hard this year and are taking their end of year examinations as I write this. I trust that all their hard work over the year will yield excellent results for them.

Kelly Turner, one of our current Year 11 students, has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and urgently needs financial support to pay for life-saving treatment in America. Kelly and her family have been raising awareness and funding to make this a possibility. They are faced with the incredibly daunting task of raising £1 million. I urge all of you who can, to help them raise the funds they need to save the life of one of our own. Kelly’s family have set up a website to collect donations towards this. Please visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kelly-turner to donate. Kelly has also designed a poster which I attach with this newsletter.

The GCSE and A-Level examinations are almost finished and we will be wishing our Year 11 and 13 students farewell on Friday afternoon. After the 17th June, Year 11 students will only be required to attend examinations and revision sessions that have been scheduled. Full school uniform should be worn for all of these sessions.

Year 11 had a lovely final Mass on Tuesday 14th June to celebrate their time at St Edmund’s. Fr Duncan spoke in his homily about the need to be content with ourselves and to realise that we are loved as we are. I would like to thank both Fr Duncan and Mrs Russell for organising the Mass.

St Edmund’s will join the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership on the 1st July 2016 which will be the start of an exciting new chapter for the school. A letter with more information about this is on the school website and a parents’ information evening is being held on Thursday 23rd June at 6.30pm in the school hall.

The school app has now launched and many parents are already making use of this. Please see the MY Ed flyer attached with this newsletter for instructions of how to download and use this very useful tool. The app helps parents/carers keep track of their children’s attendance and punctuality as well as keeping them informed of the latest news and events. If you have any queries about how to access this please contact the school office.

With the weather becoming warmer, please ensure your children come to school with a water bottle as it can get very hot in the classrooms and we encourage students to stay well hydrated.

Thank you all for everything you continue to do to support St Edmund’s.